Monday, February 19, 2007

Remember Salt and Vinegar Monster Munch?

I have found somewhere near work which sells Roysters crisps.

I’m not sure I need to say much more.

What crisps do you miss?


Cleavers said...

Anything from home. Walkers, cheesy Wotsits, Frazzles, Chipsticks. Crisps in Canada SUCK - no interesting flavours, no variety of shapes or types - so whenever I go home I bring a load back with me. My mum sometimes sends me care packages with Crisps in as well.

Curly said...

That's impressive. I can't think of any particular crisps that I miss but I've had two incidents in work when I've been asked "Would you like anything from the shops?"

and I've replied

"Yes, some club biscuits"
"Yes, some Opal fruits"

only to be reminded that they don't exist (or at least don't exist in the same form as I remember) anymore.

Dancinfairy said...

Walkers Cheese and Branston Pickle.

They were a limited edition the same time as the marmite ones (eugh) but they stopped making them but you can still get the evil marmite ones.

I wrote to walkers to ask them to make them again but they were having none of it.

anonymouscoworker said...

Huw, it's interesting that you bring this up, because that July afternoon in London you helped start what can only be described as a crisp obsession.

Mrs. ACW and I miss:

Cheesy Wotsits
Lamb and Mint
Double Gloucester and Onion
Chili and Lime
Prawn Cocktail
Roast Chicken
Smoky Bacon
Steak and Onion
and Paprika pringles

Damn. Now I'm jonesing for Walker's crisps.

Huw said...

It's bloody hard to find Burton's Fish'n'Chip crisps/snack biscuits anymore.

On the topic of disliked crisps - althought I quite like Marmite flavour - weren't Walkers Tomato Ketchup flavour foul? Do they still do them?

Léonie said...

Walkers Tomato Ketchup crisps have been outlawed, I heard. For crimes against unsuspecting tastebuds.

Wotsits used to make a variety of the Wotsit called 'Wafflers' which were odd but incredible. They used to serve them in the Costcutters on my uni campus. But now I cannot find them ever. I cry most days for them.

Brannigan's Roast Beef and Mustard, though, are still around, and they rock my world massively.

Chris said...

You can still get them but not so easily anymore: Scampi and Lemon Nik Naks. Easily the finest crisps of all time. When I find a store near me that sells them I'll be stocking up.

Me Over Here said...

I find it so odd that y'all have seafood flavored chips (sorry, crisps). Here, you can always get a wide variety of chips, mostly, I think, because of all the sports we insist on watching. Some of my favorites are:

Salt and Vinegar (Huw, we could get you some when you visit)
Cheddar and Sour Cream
Dill Pickle
Loaded Baked Potato (remember?)
Kettle Cooked
Sour Cream and Onion
Cheeze Balls

Soooo good. I'd like to try some of the Smoky Bacon chips and Paprika Pringles ACW mentioned, though. Just no prawn or marmite anything. Ever.

Afe said...

An evil little birdy told me that you might also work at a certain familiar college in London. Have I been misled?

Alan said...

Pea and bead piglets - does anyone remember those?

Huw said...

Léonie: The problem with Walkers Tomato Ketchup Crisps was they came in a red packet, as did Ready Salted. It was a cunning trick, for a while, in my school to offer someone a 'Ready Salted' crisp, and then watch them retch. Sometimes the unwary were even duped into swapping their crisps for a whole packet of evil. I still scrutinise Ready Salted packets carefully to this day because of this trauma, even though I can't have seen a packet of Tomato Ketchup flavour for over a decade.

Chris: This is an uncertain time for Nik Nak lovers. Golden Wonder's collapse meant the rather crap Irish crisp makers Tayto bought up most of their operations. Fortunately, Nik Naks (and Wheat Crunchies) weren't part of this deal, instead going to United Biscuits, escaping the fate of being Tayto-made. Let's hope Nik Nak's continue to survive. As an aside, I always liked the fact that Nik Nak's look like a miniature caveman's club.

MOH: I loved the Loaded Baked Potato. The Dill Pickle sounds interesting... The problem with crisps over there, I noticed, was that they so often come in huge packets; it's hard to be daring and adventurous with a new flavour when you are buying yourself a packet which can last about 3 weeks. Smoky Bacon chips are pretty good (many people's favourite) and Paprika Pringles are mighty fine, but essentially they are just Chicken Flavour. Not that I suppose you've tried those?

Alan: Noooo? I remember Hedgehog flavour. They were odd tasting. Prompted an interesting legal case too, which I wrote about here.

Will said...

If I was Prime Minister, I'd make sure every shop in the country stocked T-Bone Steak Roysters. Amazingly, our snack machine at work has them, but due to an industrial accident, the snack machine is currently impossible to access. You can still see it through the glass though, meaning that every day I feel like Tantalus.

I miss beef-flavoured Monster Munch. My mum used to describe them as "tasting like cardboard". She was right. But weirdly, she meant it in a derogatory way.

Huw said...

I've just been nosing around the United Biscuits website, and seen that among their current products they list Southern Fried Chicken Flavour Roysters. Now, I really haven't seen any of these anywhere for years and years. If anyone knows where I can find some, let me know.

Will: I really don't know why they got rid of Beef. It was such a unique flavour, surely worthy of continuing alongside Pickled Onion. I loved their old adverts too.

Huw said...

Hmmm, don’t know what’s wrong with that United Biscuits page, but it’s the firstgoogle result here.

anonymouscoworker said...

Mrs. ACW and I had Southern Fried Chicken Flavored Roysters on the Isle of Skye in Kyleakin.

It's quite a way to go for crisps though I imagine.

Will said...

I'll tell you what though. Space Raiders: still 10p after all these years. HOW?

fwengebola said...

Two words: Football Crazy. I still remember the cover, a goalie stretching for a save, with a transparent net that revealed a dozen (literally) bacon-flavoured maize balls.

And while I was reading your comments, I remembered 10pee Space Raiders! Then Will ruined it by remembering them too.

Smith's Salt and Vinegar squares. Now they were good. Particularly if the packet you'd bought were extra salty, with added salt dust at the bottom.


Will said...

Sorry Fwengebola. But you've got to get up pretty early in the morning to out-crisp me.

becca said...

When i was at school, crisps seemed to inform your social status, for example; only-children and rich kids would have skips or quavers and would be the kids to sit next to incase a morsel got thrown your way. Other kids (me included) either had boring walkers multipack or *shudder* sainsbury's own. I remember being quite embarressed of my cheese and onion sainsburys crisps, mainly because they smelt 20 times worse than normal cheese and onion.

i loved the monster munch adverts too with the big wobbly monsters with the long tongue. Why would you stop beef and yet carry on with picked onion that smell and taste like death??

Louise and I used to like salt and vinegar discos when they first came out and were strong enough to make your tongue bleed.

hedgehog crisps were just plain wrong.

whatever happened to club biscuits?

Will said...

Crisp update: just saw the Monster Munch redesign. Blown away. Packet is covered in what looks like super-advanced CGI. CRISP MAGIC.

EmmaK said...

prawn cocktail SKIPS, they are like melt in the mouth chemical tasting synthetic heaven...but I live in the US so can't find them.

Huw said...

I've just remembered those fake onion ring crisps you could buy. They were pretty vile. Put me off trying a real onion ring for years and years.

Me Over Here said...

Huw, those sound like Funyons, which are SO delicious but give you MONSTEROUS breath and you can only eat them when you know there's a good two days when you won't have to interact with anyone else. Totally worth the sacrifice, though.

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